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New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4)

Key information

Level of study:
Tuition fees:
1 semester
Start date: February-2021
Rotokauri Campus
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This programme will give students the skills and knowledge needed to be able to deliver exercise instruction to others. Students will learn the important theory of personal training, and build a base of practical experience.

Practical work is a significant component of the study, enabling students to graduate ready to hit the ground running. As part of their study, students will undertake a 20-hour work placement in a gym. This placement helps the student to build a professional network, gives them relevant work experience, and sets them up to be effective members of the workplace in the future.

Students will learn how to:

  • Deliver safe and effective exercise programmes, including pre- screening, within their own scope of practice and industry code of ethics.
  • Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology to adapt and deliver safe and effective exercise programmes.
  • Adapt programmes for apparently healthy people and common at risk groups using exercise science and testing.
  • Apply motivational and communication techniques to enhance individual participant commitment to a personalised exercise programme.
  • Apply a health and wellness framework and evidence-based nutrition principles to support a personalised exercise programme and recommend referral pathways to allied health professions.
  • Use marketing and business tools and techniques to support business practices as an exercise professional.

We support you while you study

Wintec provides support from day one.

Students will have access to free study preparation courses, academic resources, a specialist student learning services team, library filled with resources and staffed by expert librarians, a dedicated team for Maori and Pasifika support, disability support services, and affordable health care on campus.

Career/further opportunities

Graduates can be employed or self-employed in roles such as: exercise consultant, community exercise instructor, team training instructor or personal trainer.

This programme provides a pathway to, and is a prerequisite for, the New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 5).

Entry criteria

Based on your school achievement (secondary school study)

40 credits at NCEA Level 2; including 10 literacy credits at NCEA Level 2; and 10 numeracy credits at NCEA Level 1;
Or a recognised equivalent.

Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)

Completed a relevant course at NZQF Level 2; ?
Or a recognised equivalent.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5 in the academic band, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or

  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
  • TOEFL Paper-based Test (pBT) score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36


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